March 17, 2017 - Willie Weir blogs for Adventure Cycling every other Friday.
Everyone who has bicycle toured and camped has been through this scenario: Rain soaks your tent. With cold hands, you break camp and stuff that wet, saturated tent and fly into the stuff sack. You then jam the whole mess into a pannier, or bungee cord it to the back rack. Then the sun comes out. Within minutes your brain completely forgets the soggy night and you blissfully pedal down the road. Life is good.
You stop for lunch — maybe a diner or just simple fare on the side of the road.
You pedal late into the evening, because the sun is shining, and maybe you have a bit of a tailwind.
The light is fading, so you search for a place to camp. Then you reach into your tent bag ... NOOOOOOO! In all those hours of blissful sun, you forgot to dry your tent. And all of that moisture has now saturated every square inch of your home away from home.
This happens more often with clear nights with heavy dew. The tent is just as wet, but since no foul weather was involved, it’s even easier to forget to dry that sucker out.
My question to you is ... how do YOU avoid Soggy Tent Syndrome? Seriously! I want you to share your wisdom and foolproof tips. Extra credit for tips with photos.
Photo by Willie Weir
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Willie Weir is a contributor for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can also find him at WillieWeir.com, Facebook, and Instagram.